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July 11, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(2):132. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540020044005

Under the above heading is compiled by Dr. Prentiss Willson a valuable summary of a topic which should be familiar to every practicing physician.1 There are few localities in the United States in which poisonous reptiles may not be found, at least occasionally, and still more widely spread are harmless snakes that are popularly believed to be deadly. The same instinct which causes almost every man impetuously to ruin his trout rod or midiron on any innocent little reptile that strays across his path causes every mother of a snake-bitten child to believe that all snakes are deadly, and every physician is liable to be called on to determine whether or not a certain snake is poisonous. He should know, therefore, that besides the rattlesnakes there are but three species of poisonous snakes in the United States, and all are easily recognized. One, the coral snake, has but a

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